Da Vinci Requiem

Da Vinci Requiem

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ISBN 978-0-19-351902-2
ISBN-10 0-19-351902-X
(EAN-13 9780193519022)
Weight 130 grams
Published 9th May 2019
Availability In Print

Cat No. OUPW-111
Supplier Code 9780193519022
Price £11.25
ComposerCecilia McDowall
CategoriesVocal Score
Satb Mixed Voices & Piano
Choral (mixed Voices)
PublisherOUP - Oxford University Press

for soprano and baritone soloists, SATB chorus, and orchestra
This significant seven-movement work from Cecilia McDowall presents an imaginative pairing of extracts from The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci with texts from the Latin Missa pro defunctis. Da Vinci's reflective and penetrating insights into the nature of mortality and all that it encompasses cast new light on the familiar Requiem texts, and McDowall employs her orchestral forces to create a rich, atmospheric backdrop to the profound narrative presented by the chorus and soprano and baritone soloists. Dark, sonorous writing precedes an energetic 'Sanctus', and the closing bars of the luminous 'Lux aeterna' create a powerful allusion to da Vinci's concept of 'The Perspective of Disappearance'.


  • Agnus Dei
  • I obey thee O Lord (Lacrimosa)
  • Introit & Kyrie
  • Lux aeterna
  • O you who are asleep
  • Sanctus & Benedictus
  • The Virgin of the rocks

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